Spiritual Fantasy
LUCIUS WEATHERSBY, ORGAN Spiritual Fantasy TROY440 - Price: $16.99
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Unique collection of organ works by African and African-American composers.

Lucius R. Weathersby was born in Houston and raised in Louisiana. He is an assistant professor of music and chairperson of the music department at Dillard University in New Orleans where he teaches piano and lectures in music theory. He is the founder and co-director of the Dillard University String Ensemble. For more than five years , he was employed as full-time director of music in two churches where he founded and managed the First Congressional Concert Series in Waterloo, Iowa and the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, Arizona. He has given recitals in the United States and worldwide. The organ used for this recording was originally built and installed at Sherwell Chapel in Plymouth, Devon by Henry Willis in 1864. The sound of the instrument was influenced by the French organ builder Aristide Cavaille-Coll. The chapel was damaged by a bomb during the War. It was restored in 1951 and moved to Torrington where it was first used there during Easter services 1991.
Contents:
Wallace Cheatham, composer
Fanfare & Toccata
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Fela Sowande, composer
Yoruba Lament
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Violet George Bowers, composer
Joie
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Violet George Bowers, composer
Prelude & Fugato
Lucius Weathersby, organ

William Grant Still, composer (arr. Weathersby)
Summerland from Three Visions
Lucius Weathersby, organ; Wendy Hymes flute
Kevin George, composer
Organ Suite
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Traditional (arr. Weathersby)
Improvisation on the Helston Floral Dance
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Traditional (arr. Uzee Brown Jr.)
Were You There?
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Lucius Weathersby, composer
The Martyrs of Torrington
Lucius Weathersby, organ

Review:
"It was on [harmoniums]... a tradition of organ music in African-American churches developed separately from the mainstream... I recommend this recording for those interested in this musical tradition and for those who didn't know it existed." (American Record Guide)
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